skilled nursing facilities

Use quarterly care planning conferences to get better care for loved ones in nursing/skilled nursing facilities

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options.

Many people are involved in caring for your friend or relative in a nursing or skilled nursing facility (long-term care facility): doctors, nurses, aides, dieticians, activities staff, social workers, possibly physical and occupational therapists, perhaps companions who don’t perform medical services, and so forth.

How can you get attention to questions, concerns, or suggestions you have when a topic may involve several different departments?

What if you need to move from assisted living to nursing/skilled nursing?

This is the 10th in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

What if you're in assisted living in a retirement community and you need more care? This article discusses some options in the Prescott, Arizona area.

One option is to move to a building in your retirement community where they offer the care you need. For example, Good Samaritan and Las Fuentes both offer nursing/skilled nursing facilities in addition to assisted living units.

What are memory care facilities in retirement communities like?

This is the eighth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Memory care facilities are intended for people who have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia or cognitive impairment, and who are at risk because they tend to wander away from their living quarters without having the ability to find their way back or to ask for help.

What is it like to live in a nursing facility in a retirement community?

This is the seventh in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

This article focuses on nursing/skilled nursing facilities that provide long-term care in two retirement communities in the Prescott, Arizona area, Good Samaritan and Las Fuentes. (The other two communities visited for this series, Alta Vista and Granite Gate, do not offer these units.)

One remarkable fact about these facilities, compared to others with which I am familiar, is how quiet they are.

What are nursing/skilled nursing facilities in retirement communities?

This is the sixth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

The federal government makes a distinction between "skilled nursing facilities" whose residents require extensive medical care, and "nursing facilities," which provide care that is more custodial in nature. The second of these is what most people think of as nursing homes.

Of the four retirement communities in the Prescott, Arizona area visited for this series, Good Samaritan and Las Fuentes offer nursing/skilled nursing. Granite Gate and Alta Vista do not.

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